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The Secret of the Mansion Hardcover – June 24, 2003
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Trixies summer is going to be sooo boring with her two older brothers away at camp. But then a millionaires daughter moves into the next-door mansion, an old miser hides a fortune in his decrepit house, and a runaway kid starts hiding out in Sleepyside!
About the Author
Julie Campbell (1908-1999) was from Flushing, New York, and shares the same birthday as her character, Mart Belden. As the daughter of an Army Officer, she travelled widely during her childhood. When she was eight years old, she won her first short story contest while living in Hawaii. In 1933, Campbell married Charles Tatham Jr., and they worked together on many magazine stories and articles. Campbell lived in a remodeled farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons when she began writing the Trixie Belden series. The series was set in fictional “Sleepyside,” but was based on the town Campbell was living in at the time in the Hudson River Valley near Ossining. Her home, “Wolf Hollow,” was the model for Crabapple Farm, and Campbell actually lived on Glendale Road. Julie Campbell passed away in 1999 at the age of 91. Even at 91 she was still spirited and determined, just like Trixie.
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The series opener, The Secret of the Mansion, opens at the start of the summer. Trixie has her heart set on buying a colt she saw at a horse show. With her older brothers away at camp, Trixie has an opportunity to earn horse money by helping her mother at the Belden farm, with chores and babysitting her little brother Bobby.
As she works with Moms in the garden, complaining about how unfair it all is...her mother tells Trixie that that morning, her father found a neighbor of theirs, Mr. Frayne, unconscious on his driveway and took him to the hospital. As they discuss Mr. Frayne's condition, Trixie then notices there are moving vans up at The Manor House, another large estate next to the Belden farm. Moms suggests that Trixie take Bobby to the Manor House where she can introduce herself to the new residents.
When Trixie arrives, she finds that the new occupants, the Wheelers, have a daughter of about her age -- Honey. Despite different life experiences, the girls become fast friends. Trixie is even more pleased to find that the Wheelers keep five horses who are tended to by good-natured Reagan, who agrees to teach Trixie how to ride.
It isn't long before the girls go off exploring on horseback and discover that there is a mysterious trespasser at the Frayne's house. Who is it and ... what does the trespasser want?
The cover art for this edition is not bad, although it depicts the girls inside the mansion, instead of outside as they were in the original.
Trixie Belden is one of the very best girls' series, particularly the first six books, written by the creator, Julie Campbell. Subsequent entries in the series never quite capture the warmth and humor Campbell brought.
Trixie Belden is timeless. A must read.
I grew up reading about the adventures of Trixie and Honey. Since we did not live near a library, my mom would buy me two novels a week for pleasure reading during the summer. She picked up the SECRET OF THE MANSION after she noticed that in the first paragraph that the main character was "horse crazy," just like me! Actually, Volume #6 MYSTERY IN ARIZONA was my most favorite since it takes place closer to home and on a ranch.
That was it! I was hooked! I still have my original volumes and have collected many used ones in the entire collection. Since some of my volumes have increased in value, I would hesitate rereading them every year. So now I am buying the entire new collection (well, the first 15 that they are reprinting) in the library binding.
Also, I am hooked on audio books and am purchasing the audio books that they are making available.
What a treat! If you are revisiting the adventures as an adult, or introducing your sons and daughters to these wonderful and wholesome stories, happy reading!
I was especially glad to see the first 4 books made available for audio book. My husband enjoyed them as much as the kids! Ariadne Myers does a superb job covering such a wide variety of voices, from the governess, to the girls, to the villains and Trixie's brothers. Sure would love it if all of the series were made available for audio. I would buy every single one of them.